Seniors will best adjust to their new home with some encouragement and support from family members during the first days and weeks at their new residence.
Here are some tips about how to help your parent or memory impaired loved one adjust to a move to:
Allow your loved one to be independent.
While the tips we outlined above can help your loved one’s transition, don’t become too protective or feel as though you need to be with them all the time during the transition, as this can be counterproductive. Visiting often during the first days after the move does help make sure your loved one doesn’t feel abandoned, but refrain from taking this too far, as excessive “handholding” could prevent your parent or senior loved one from successfully adapting to their new home.
Bring personal items from their home into their new living space.
Make sure your loved one has input about keepsakes to bring to the new home.
Coax your loved one to participate in activities.
Even older adults can have a “too-cool-for-school” attitude and be dismissive of community activities. But your parent is likely to adjust well if she or he gets involved with activities and makes some friends in the community. Haven Care homes have a wide variety of activities, so while not all of them will necessarily be appealing to your loved one, there’s bound to be some that do.
Encourage your loved one to help out in the homes.
When residents feel useful and as though they have a purpose, it can improve their outlook and help immensely with the transition.
Take your parent to visit the home before the move.
Take your loved one to visit before the move. Attend meals and events that allow your loved one to become familiar with the layout, residents and staff of the home. This will make the home and everyone who lives and works there seem less foreign when your loved one eventually does move-in.